ROMEO AND JULIET
R & J
by William Shakespeare
Adapted & Directed by Rani O'Brien
In this deconstructed two hander R & J we explore what it means to be in relationship to gender, to each other, and to ourselves. As J's obsession boils to the point of stagnation, will they be able to live a live with or without R? Can R be everything J needs them to be? Is J just a reflection of R? And vise versa?
R & J looks at a monogamous relationship in a world in which strains of the patriarchy are left ingrained in interdependent behavior. Can they escape their own self judgement in order to live a happy life, or will death come knocking?
As their relationship twists and turns upon itself, so does the narrative. The full play is played out once before the J and R get called back to play it again, switching roles. Only this second time the plot starts to weave in different directions. Same story, but a different timeline. Following an infinite inner marital fight akin to Virginia Wolf, circumstances, feelings and perceptions loop. Will they escape or be forever holden to their game play?
October 2019 Workshop features
Morgan Sullivan & Nora Brigid Monahan
Morgan Sullivan (they/them/their) is a New York City based Actor & Director. Most recently Morgan appeared as an actor in Aunt Jack as "Andy," (Theater for the New City) and "Nix," in The Worth of Water (HERE Arts Center.) They're a proud member of The Amoralists Theater Company, and last year they Co-Founded The SoHo Shakespeare Company, where they developed and directed The Sisters, an original adaptation of Macbeth. Raised in South-Eastern Virginia, Morgan moved to New York City and earn their degree at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. They fell deeply in love with all things classical theater and pursued career primarily focused on Shakespeare until falling in love with all things activism. This lead them to their love of writing and directing, and now their work primarily focuses on feminism, mental health, and creating safe spaces for the trans community.
Nora Brigid Monahan is a non-binary playwright and performer, best known for writing and starring in DIVA: LIVE FROM HELL (music & lyrics by Alexander Sage Oyen), which had its world-premiere at Theater for the New City in 2017, directed by Daniel Goldstein. Other writing includes AUNT JACK (world premiere Empire Stage), RODHAM/SADE (Sanctuary Series @ HERE Arts Center), and TYRANTS (music & lyrics by Alexander Sage Oyen, developed by Goodspeed Musicals, Penn State, and The York Theatre). As a performer, they've appeared on stage in New York at Lincoln Center, 54 Below, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Axis Theatre, The Wild Project, and Theater for the New City. Nora graduated from Fordham University's College at Lincoln Center with a B.A. in Theatre and currently works as the Institutional Giving Manager at The Lark Theatre.
Director | Adapter
Rani O'Brien (she/they) is an ensemble director who directs plays that subvert audience expectations. Select NYC: Modern Chalk Circle, Lights Out! Dark in the Library (AND Theatre Co.), A Midsummer Night’s DreamMachine and Disconnected Touch (Howl! Happening: an Arturo Vega Project). SDCF Observership Skylight (McCarter) dir. Emily Mann. Rani curated Full Moon Show dedicated to Tom Murrin in 2018 (Howl! Happening): Mad Jenny Show, Rebirth of Rabbit’s Foot. Select Chicago/LA: Pacific Symphony, The Second City. SDC Associate.